Speech by Duke of Edinburgh as Chancellor of University of Wales, Bangor.
Newspaper article detailing the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Elizabeth's visit to North Wales.
LV exterior of the University with cars driving in courtyard MS. Princess Elizabeth alighting from car and being greeted at top of steps by the Pro. Chancellor of the University, followed by the Duke of Edinburgh. SCU Mr Attlee walking into university MS crowds watching SCU. Princess Elizabeth, wearing robes, followed by the Duke in procession to the Hall. Ms. They mount steps and enter building. MS. The procession walking to platform down aisle of crowded hall while choir sings. LS. Back view Philip walking up onto platform. LS. Philip, Elizabeth and personalities (Attlee, Williams and Lady Megan Lloyd George) on platform. LS. Philip rises and walk forward to speak. MS. Philip preparing to speak LS. Philip preparing to speak. MS. Philip speaking. 'My. Lord Pro Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Mr. Warden, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you most warmly for the honour you have done me in electing me to be Chancellor of the University of Wales. I'm most grateful for the terms in which you have framed your addresses of welcome to my wife and myself on this occasion of my installation. We all know what a great part this University is playing in the life and hopes of the Welsh people today. For this we are deeply indebted to those, who by their foresight and persistence founded the several colleges of the University in different parts of Wales. SCU. My generation, though reasonably well-schooled is probably the worst educated of this age. The war cut shot any chance there was of acquiring a higher education. The immense strain upon the resources of all universities at the present moment is largely due to this lost generation trying to make up what is missed between 1939 and 1945. However, the universities have more to offer than simply the benefits of a higher education. The ties and friendships made and the community life shared are of vital importance to graduate in the ordinary business of living in the outside world. Never before has the value of universities been more highly appreciated not only for the opportunities they give to their students but also for their preservation of all that is best in the national traditions and culture of Western Europe. LS. Today, as many times before the fellowship of the universities is doing a noble service to humanity. It has undertaken the greatly increasing responsibility of providing the cradle for the mature thoughts of the future I'm both honoured and proud to be associated with this your work and I shall watch your progress and prosperity with interest. It gives me particular pleasure therefore to help you to honour the many women who by their work and leadership, have won distinction in the state in the Church and in pure learning. I cannot conclude without mentioning two things. First I'd like to say how much pleasure it gave me when the King bestowed the Earldom of Marioneth upon me and secondly to greet you all with your motto (Clapping).. MS. To greet you all with your own motto.(Welsh) 'CYMRU AM BYTH' MS. Emlyn Williams seated on platform. Two people pass him MS. Audience. MS. Williams, standing before Philip, receiving degree. MS. The Pro Chancellor walking across Platform to Mr. Attlee with whom he shakes hands before leading him to the Duke for his presentation MS. Attlee and Duke shaking hands after bestowing of degree. MS. Princess Elizabeth being presented to the Duke for her degree (Dr of music). MS. Philip and Elizabeth shake hands and she sits down. LS. Pan from platform over audience back to platform as choir and assembly sing. MS. Philip on dais pan to Elizabeth while singing continues, pan back to Philip. MS. Personalities on platform. LS. Philip, followed by Elizabeth and others, walking down from platform.
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